12 Angry men (1957)

The defense and the prosecution have rested the jury is filling into the jury room to decide if a young Spanish – American is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and shut case soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors’ prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other. A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

Director: Sidney Lumet

Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler

 

To Kill a Mocking Bird (1962)

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice.

Director: Robert Mulligan

Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy

 

The Verdict (1982)

A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling.

Director: Sidney Lumet

Stars: Paul Newman, Charlotte Ramping, Jack Warden, James Mason

 

The Accused (1988)

After a young woman suffers a brutal gang rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan

Stars: Kelly McGillis, Jodie Foster, Bernie Coulson, Leo Rossi

 

A Few Good Men (1992)

Military lawyer Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder. They contend they were acting under orders.

Director: Rob Reiner

Stars: Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon

 

My Cousin Vinny (1992)

Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins–an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners–comes in to defend them.

Director: Jonathan Lynn

Stars: Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Macchio, Mitchell Whitfield

 

The Pelican Brief (1993)

A law student uncovers a conspiracy, putting herself and others in danger.

Director: Alan J Paluka

Stars: Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Sam Shepard, John Heard

 

The Client (1994)

A young boy who witnessed the suicide of a mafia lawyer hires an attorney to protect him when the District Attorney tries to use him to take down a mob family.

Director: Joel Schumacher

Stars: Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Renfro, Mary Louise Parker

 

Primal Fear (1996)

An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.

Director: GreGory Hobit

Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, John Mahoney

 

A Time to Kill (1996)

In Canton, Mississippi, a fearless young lawyer and his assistant defend a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his ten-year-old daughter, inciting violent retribution and revenge from the Ku Klux Klan.

Director: Joel Schumacher

Stars: Mathew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L Jackson, Kevin Spacey

 

The Rainmaker (1997)

An underdog lawyer takes on a fraudulent insurance company.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Stars: Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Claire Danes, Jon Voight

 

Erin Brockovich (2000)

An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply.

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Stars: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, David Brisbin, Dawn Didawick

 

Runaway Jury (2003)

A juror on the inside and a woman on the outside manipulate a court trial involving a major gun manufacturer.

Director: Gary Fieder

Stars: John Cusack, Rachel Weisz, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman

 

The Judge (2014)

Big-city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.

Director: David Dobkin

Stars: Robert Downey Jr, Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton

 

 

Marshall (2017)

The story of Thurgood Marshall, the crusading lawyer who would become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.

Director: Reginald Hudlin

Stars: Chadwick Bosman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, SterlingK. Brown

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